Loyalsock Township High School
|Loyalsock Township High School|
|1801 Loyalsock Drive, Williamsport 17701-2829
Loyalsock Township, Pennsylvania, United States
|Principal||Dr. Matthew A. Reitz|
|Vice Principal||Mr. Chad Greevy|
|Number of students||429 pupils (2012-13)|
|School color(s)||Maroon and White|
|Percent low income pupils||26% (2013)|
|Website||http://www.ltsd.k12.pa.us/lshs/site/default.asp Loyalsock Township High School|
Loyalsock Township High School (Grades 9-12) is located in Loyalsock Township, Pennsylvania (near the city of Williamsport, Pennsylvania). According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2010, the school reported an enrollment of 443 pupils in grades 9th through 12th, with 71 pupils eligible for a federal free or reduced-price lunch. The school employed 32 teachers, yielding a student–teacher ratio of 13:1. According to a report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 100% of its teachers were rated "Highly Qualified" under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Enrollment declined to 429 pupils in 2012.
The mascot for the school is the Lancer, and the school's colors are maroon and white.
In 2013, Loyalsock Township High School's graduation rate rose to 92.5%. In 2012, Loyalsock Township High School's graduation rate was 88%. In 2011, the graduation rate was 92%. In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a new, 4-year cohort graduation rate. Loyalsock Township School District's rate was 90% for 2010.
- Former calculation graduation rate
The Loyalsock Township High School was named a silver medal high school in 2007, 2008, and 2012 by the US News & World Report. These rankings are based on performance in testing, least-advantaged students, and college readiness.
- 2013 School Performance Profile
Loyalsock Township High School achieved 91.6 out of 100. Reflects on grade level reading, mathematics and science achievement. In reading/literature - 88.46 were on grade level. In Algebra 1, 77.88% showed on grade level skills. In Biology, 66% showed on grade level science understanding. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2,181 public schools (less than 73 percent of Pennsylvania public schools), achieved an academic score of 70 or higher.
- AYP History
Loyalsock Township High School achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status each year from 2004 through 2012. In 2003, the school was in Warning AYP status due to lagging student achievement.
- PSSA Results
- 11th Grade Reading
- 2012 - 77% on grade level, (% below basic). State - 67% of 11th graders are on grade level.
- 2011 - 81%, 43% advanced, (9% below basic). State - 69.1% 
- 2010 - 79%, 47% advanced (14% below basic). State - 66% 
- 2009 - 78%, 45% advanced (12% below basic), State - 65% 
- 2008 - 74%, 45% advanced (10% below basic), State - 65%
- 2007 - 85%, 52% advanced (9% below basic), State - 65% 
- 11th Grade Math
- 2012 - 78% on grade level (6% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 59% of 11th graders are on grade level.
- 2011 - 71%, 39% advanced, (6% below basic). State - 60.3%
- 2010 - 87%, 46% advanced (3% below basic). State - 59% 
- 2009 - 71%, 38% advanced (12% below basic). State - 56%
- 2008 - 70%, 40% advanced (12% below basic). State - 56% 
- 2007 - 83%, 50% advanced (9% below basic). State - 53%
- 11th Grade Science
- 2012 - 58% on grade level (3% below basic). State - 42% of 11th graders were on grade level.
- 2011 - 60%, (5% below basic). State - 40% 
- 2010 - 58%, (12% below basic), State - 39% of 11th graders were on grade level.
- 2009 - 61%, (9% below basic). State - 40%
- 2008 - 52%, (4% below basic). State - 39%
Science in Motion Loyalsock Township High School did not take advantage of a state program called Science in Motion which brought college professors and sophisticated science equipment to the school to raise science awareness and to provide inquiry-based experiences for the students. The Science in Motion program was funded by a state appropriation and cost the school nothing to participate. Susquehanna University provided the science enrichment experiences to schools in the region.
- College courses through Lycoming College and the Pennsylvania College of Technology
- Comprehensive Career Development Program (K-12)
- Job Shadowing
- SPACE (Senior Professional and Career Exploration)
- Career & Technical Program Partnership with the Williamsport Area High School
- Virtual Learning Opportunities
- Lycoming county career and technology center
In 2013, 10 AP Courses are offered at added costs to the District.
- AP Literature
- AP Language
- AP European History
- AP World History
- AP US History
- AP Psychology
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Biology
- AP Chemistry
- AP Earth and the Environment
- AP Physics
- AP Statistics
- Honors English (9-11)
Students who take the AP course have the opportunity to take the College Board AP exam for that course. If the student earns a 3 or better on the exam they may be awarded college credits. The awarding of course credits is at the discretion of each institution of higher education. Some accept a score of three while others require at east a 4 to be awarded college credits at the university. The College Board does not require students to take an AP course in order to take the exam.
According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 5% of Loyalsock Township High School graduates required remediation in mathematics and or reading before they were prepared to take college level courses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education or community colleges. Less than 66% of Pennsylvania high school graduates, who enroll in a four-year college in Pennsylvania, will earn a bachelor's degree within six years. Among Pennsylvania high school graduates pursuing an associate degree, only one in three graduate in three years. Per the Pennsylvania Department of Education, one in three recent high school graduates who attend Pennsylvania's public universities and community colleges takes at least one remedial course in mathematics or English.
In 2013, Loyalsock Township School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 505. The Math average score was 518. The Writing average score was 495. The College Board reported that statewide scores were: 494 in reading, 504 in math and 482 in writing. The nation-wide SAT results were the same as in 2012.
In 2012, 94 Loyalsock Township School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 502. The Math average score was 507. The Writing average score was 496. The statewide Verbal SAT exams results were: Verbal 491, Math 501, Writing 480. In the USA, 1.65 million students took the exams achieving scores: Verbal 496, Math 514, Writing 488. According to the College Board the maximum score on each section was 800, and 360 students nationwide scored a perfect 2,400.
In 2011, 81 Loyalsock Township School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 500. The Math average score was 515. The Writing average score was 483. Pennsylvania ranked 40th among states with SAT scores: Verbal - 493, Math - 501, Writing - 479. In the United States, 1.65 million students took the exam in 2011. They averaged 497 (out of 800) verbal, 514 math and 489 in writing.
Classrooms for the Future grant
The Classroom for the Future state program provided public school districts with hundreds of thousands of extra state funding to buy laptop computers for each core curriculum high school class (English, Science, History, Math) and paid for teacher training to optimize the computers use. The program was funded from 2006-2009. Loyalsock Township School District was denied funding in 2006-07 by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In 2007-08, the District received $81,173. For the 2008-09, school year the District received $44,414 for a total of $125,587. Of the 501 public school districts in Pennsylvania, 447 of them received Classrooms for the Future grant awards. In Lycoming County, the highest award was given to Jersey Shore Area School District which was award $428,436. The highest funding state wide was awarded to Philadelphia City School District in Philadelphia County - $9,409,073. The grant program was discontinued by Governor Edward Rendell as part of his 2009-10 state budget plan.
The Loyalsock Township School District offers a wide variety of clubs, activities and an extensive, costly sports program. Eligibility for participation is determined by Loyalsock Township School Board policy and in compliance with standards set by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA).
By Pennsylvania law, all K-12 students residing in the district, including those who attend a private nonpublic school, cyber charter school, charter school and those homeschooled, are eligible to participate in the extracurricular programs including all athletics. They must meet the same eligibility rules as the students enrolled in the district's schools.
The District funds:
According to PIAA directory July 2012 
PIAA State Championship Titles
- Wrestling (AA) - 2004
- Baseball (AA) - 2008, 2013
- Semifinalists in 2009 & 2010, Quarterfinalists in 2005
- Softball (AA) - 2008
- Undefeated in 2008
- Girls Soccer (AA) - 2009
- Semifinalists in 2008 & 2010, Quarterfinalists in 2001 & 2007
- Boys Soccer (A)
- Quarterfinalists in 2008
- Football (AA)
- Semifinalists in 2007, Quarterfinalists in 2009
- Boys Basketball (A)
- Finalists in 1993, Semifinalists in 1990
- Girls Tennis (AA)
- Semifinalists in 2012 Quarterfinalists in 2008 and 2010
- Girls Cheerleading
- Regional Competitors 2001
- Boys Ice Hockey (PHL) Championship in 2006,2007,2009,2010,2011 and 2012.
Other Notable Titles
- >15 Chapter IV Marching Band Championships
- 11 District IV Boys’ Basketball Championships
- 5 District IV Girls’ Basketball Championships
- 5 District IV Girls' Tennis Championships
- 4 District IV Baseball Championships
- 3 District IV Football Championships
- 2 District IV Softball Championships
- 2 District IV Girls’ Soccer Championship
- 1 District IV Boys’ Tennis Championship
Many Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheerleading Competition Awards
- National Honor Society
- Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
- Student Council
- Key Club
- Drama Club
- Leo Club
- Prom Committee
- Spanish Club
- Ski Club
- Anime Club
- Marching Band
- Concert Band
- Concert Choir
- Knight Music (Vocal Jazz Ensemble)
- Odyssey of the Mind
- Pennsylvania Department of Education, Enrollment of Public schools 2012 - 2013, 2013
- National Center for Education Statistics, Common Care Data - Loyalsock Township High School, 2010
- Pennsylvania Department of Education, Professional Qualifications of Teachers Loyalsock Township High School, September 29, 2011
- Pennsylvania Department of Education, Loyalsock Township School District AYP data table, September 21, 2012
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "Loyalsock Township School District Report Card 2011 - School AYP Data Table".
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (March 15, 2011). "New 4-year Cohort Graduation Rate Calculation Now Being Implemented".
- "Loyalsock Township School District Academic Achievement Report Card 2010 data table". Retrieved March 3, 2011.
- The Times-Tribune (June 25, 2009). "Lycoming County Graduation Rates 2008".
- Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children. "High School Graduation rate 2007". Retrieved January 31, 2011.
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "Loyalsock Township School District Report Card 2005".
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (October 4, 2013). "Loyalsock Township High School Academic Performance Data 2013".
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2012). "2011-2012 PSSA and AYP Results".
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "2010-2011 PSSA and AYP Results".
- "2010 PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing and Science Results".
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 14, 2010). "2009 PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing and Science Results".
- "The 2008 PSSA Mathematics and Reading School Level Proficiency Results (by Grade and School Total)". August 2008.
- Pennsylvania Department of Education. "PSSA Math and Reading results by School and Grade 2007".
- Pittsburgh Post Gazette (October 15, 2012). "How is your school doing?".
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (March 2011). "Loyalsock Township School District".
- "Math PSSA Scores by District 2007-08 Loyalsock Township School District Results". The Times-Tribune. June 25, 2009.
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 21, 2012). "Loyalsock Township Senior High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2012".
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "2010-2011 PSSA results in Science".
- The Pennsylvania Basic Education/Higher Education Science and Technology Partnership, Science in Motion annual report, 2012
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (January 2009). "Pennsylvania College Remediation Report".
- National Center for Education Statistics
- College Board (2013). "The 2013 SAT Report on College & Career Readiness".
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (2011). "Public School SAT Scores 2011".
- College Board (September 2011). "SAT Scores State By State - Pennsylvania".
- "While U.S. SAT scores dip across the board, N.J. test-takers hold steady". NJ.com. September 2011.
- Pennsylvania Auditor General (2008-12-22). "Special Performance Audit Classrooms For the Future grants".
- Pennsylvania Office of the Governor Press Release (November 10, 2005). "Home-Schooled, Charter School Children Can Participate in School District Extracurricular Activities".
- Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletics Association (2012). "PIAA School Directory".